We Can Do More With Your Support

Colchester Museums Development Foundation supports Colchester Museums to inspire and enrich our local community, through the preservation, exploration, and sharing of the town’s heritage in its widest sense.

Your support can help us to:

  • Care for the Natural History Museum, Colchester Castle, and Hollytrees Museum
  • Research, share, and care for the thousands of items in our collections
  • Put on more events and programmes for our local community
  • Continue work to make our museums accessible to all

Ways To Support


Our goal is to keep our wonderful venues accessible to everyone. 100% of the funds raised through the Colchester Museums Development Foundation go directly towards furthering our education programmes, exhibitions, research and acquisitions.

Become a Guardian

Our Guardian Members help us to protect, share, and preserve Colchester’s heritage. Enjoy a range of benefits, including free entry to the Castle, invitations to VIP preview events, discounts in the Museums’ shops, and Museum Money vouchers for After Hours bookings and events. 

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the Colchester Museums Development Foundation Newsletter, and we will send quarterly updates about all the good work that Colchester Museums are doing thanks to the support of our donors and Members.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

A legacy gift will help us to safeguard the future of Colchester Museums for the next generation. As a Legacy donor, you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of Membership from the moment you decide to make a pledge.

Corporate Partners

Support the exploration and preservation of Colchester’s heritage as a corporate partner. We offer tailored packages of benefits for corporate partners, whether your priorities are corporate social responsibility, hospitality, or branding.


Develop skills, give something back or make new friends as a volunteer. Volunteers make invaluable contributions in a variety of ways, from working on conservation projects to meeting and greeting our visitors.


Colchester Castle

A visit to Colchester Castle is better than ever before with interactive displays and star exhibits, like the Colchester Gladiator Vase and Fenwick Hoard of Roman treasure. 

Hollytrees Museum

Enjoy 300 years of history in this beautiful Georgian townhouse through hands-on exhibits and displays. Discover what family life was life for the rich and the poor.

Natural History Museum

Get up close to nature and find out more about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change at this family-friendly museum. 

What's On


Discover something new in Colchester.

Browse the diary to find fun, family-friendly events all year round. 

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme aims to showcase the variety of the collections from art to archaeology, costume to clocks.

Where will your adventure start?